Workshop #1: Getting started...

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Blog entry by puupalikka posted 02-10-2010 08:18 AM 1069 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now me and my family have moved to a new home. It’s an old house built after war.. (1950 or something) As we moved in i discovered, that here is a small room at basement that used to be someones workshop. It even has the workbench there!! Let’s see how I have the time and the energy to make it a decent shop for me. First I have resolve the heating problem. The room has only concrete walls with no insulation… If I heat the place up with some kind of electrical thing, I will use my all money to pay the electric bills! And I dont have that much money! =)

So any ideas considering the heating and everything else about starting an own shop. Throw them to me!!


-- Karri, Hämeenlinna,

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#1 posted 02-10-2010 08:29 AM

There are gas heaters that can be used in shops that are pretty efficient there in the $600 range in the US plus installation cost and there radiant heaters the cost more to run but but are plug in unit that are $200 give or take in the Us. It all depends on the space you want to heat and the budget you have.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 02-10-2010 09:49 AM

isolate the walls and put up some drywalls
that wooood help alot on the heating bill :—)


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#3 posted 02-10-2010 02:37 PM

It shouldn’t take much electric with a small ceramic heater if it is a small room and just turn off the heater when your not going to be in the room.

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#4 posted 02-10-2010 05:10 PM

I would use solid foam insulation (the big sheets) and then drywall, or solid foam, framed wall, and then fill in between studs with fiberglass insulation. I wouldn’t use just a framed wall and fiberglass because you might have problems with moisture build up and then mold growth. I just finished re-framing a wall in my basement because a previous owner framed a 2×4 wall and then insulated with fiberglass. Unfortunately, there were numerous gaps in the wall where warm air from the room could infiltrate the wall and then water condensed on the concrete. The wall was pretty new but there was already significant mold growth on the wall and the back of the drywall. You can’t leave the foam exposed because it’s very flammable and releases toxic fumes when it burns (it’s against code to leave the foam exposed). Drywall mitigates the danger and gives you a better surface to look at. I would look at and search for “insulate basement walls”. They had a good demonstration of how to do it.

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#5 posted 02-10-2010 09:17 PM

I use wood heat. Is that a possibility for you?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 02-14-2010 04:28 PM


Congadulation on the new house. The fuel costs are your greatest problem here. Secondly ventilation and exhaust of fumes, if burning a naked flame. It is not all doom and gloom – The heat generated in the basement will heat up the floor above (Kitchen/Living room) so the cost of heating those rooms will be reduced and you will also have warm feet – Just think of it as under floor heating :)

Once the concrete walls heat up, they will retain the heat somwhat, the biggest problem I have seen here is the dampness of the walls in older basements. This will be a big problem if you are bringing in and storing Kiln dried wood the MC will rise rapidly.

Once you have resolved the heating problem, look at the lighting (lots and lots), how about access for the finished projects and getting ltools and equipment into the basement does it have an external door or is access through the house and up some stairs?

Once you have these problems resolved on paper at least, then you can start to look at the layout of the tools and benches etcetera. What about dust extraction? Electrical supply – the list goes on and on.

If you are passing the workshop, call in and we can discuss it more over a coffee or two.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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